On Interference, Putin Goes George Bush: ‘Read My Lips, no’
Sure, this is just what Trump needs, a character reference from Putin:
“American accusations that Russia interfered in last year’s U.S. elections are “lies” used for “domestic American politics”, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday.”
“We said on numerous occasions and I reiterate that we are confident … And know for sure that opinion polls in the Unites States show that very many people are … friendly towards the Russian Federation and I’d like to tell these people that we perceive and regard the United States as a great power with which we want to establish good partnership relations,” Putin said on a CNBC-moderated panel.
“All those things are fictional, illusory and provocations, lies. All these are used for domestic American political agendas. The anti-Russian card is played by different political forces inside the United States to trade on that and consolidate their positions inside.”
“Putin denied that Russia meddled in the U.S. elections. Putin quoted George Bush Sr., who at the Republican National Convention in 1988 said, “read my lips, no new taxes”. When asked if Russia had interfered, Putin said, “Read my lips, no,” in response.
Of course, Americans don’t necessarily have the most positive associations with that phrase ‘read my lips;’ When Bush used it, it turned out to be false.
Putin also wants to meet with Trump.
I’m guessing Trump will probably shake Putin’s hand.
The Palmer Report has a helpful 17 page report on Trump-Russia ties. The highlights:
“Donald Trump’s Russia scandal has become so vast and complex, with new pieces of the puzzle arriving from all direction, that it’s become difficult to keep track of the pieces long enough to figure out how they fit together. I’ve been reporting on the Trump-Russia scandal since the summer of 2016. As we head into the Senate Intelligence Committee hearings on the scandal, I’ve stepped back and assembled a seventeen page document which ties all the pieces together and explains how we got to this point.”
“The Palmer Report on Trump-Russia begins with the financial bodyblow which Donald Trump suffered in 2008, leaving him unable to continue borrowing money from U.S. banks, and making him vulnerable to Vladimir Putin and Russia. My report goes on to document how the Kremlin built Trump back up over the next several years by using a carrot and stick approach of secretly laundered money and carefully orchestrated blackmail. I document how, by the time Trump entered the 2016 election, his newfound status as a Russian political puppet was a natural extension of his existing status as a Russian financial and societal puppet.”
“From there the Palmer Report on Trump-Russia breaks down Donald Trump’s connections to Russia during the campaign on a month by month basis, weaving them together to paint the full picture of how Putin and his associates orchestrated every major event within the Trump campaign. I also document how that Kremlin influence continued into the transition period and then into the White House. The connections include Trump campaign advisers, Trump business associates, Trump’s friends and family, Russian diplomats, Russian spies, a double digit number of Russians who have dropped dead, and – behind the scenes at the center of it all – Vladimir Putin.”
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